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2 circus performers recovering

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Two of the aerial acrobats injured when they plummeted to the ground in a Rhode Island circus accident have been upgraded from critical to serious condition.

The women suffered injuries including a pierced liver and neck and back fractures. All eight of the victims were listed in either serious or good condition at Rhode Island Hospital Monday night.

A Rhode Island public safety official says a snapped carabiner is the only piece of equipment investigators have found that failed in the accident.

Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare stopped short of saying the broken clip was the cause of Sunday's accident at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey circus. Pare says they still don't know why it snapped.

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